See ya in 2024, Mighty fam!
It's hard to believe that this is my last Mighty post of 2023. 😱
You may be thinking to yourself, “Kat, it’s only December 8, where are you going?!” Well, even Mighty staffers have to take medical leave!
I’m having my 16th surgery next week and I’m not exactly looking forward to it. I’ll be missing the holidays with my family and friends again, and more importantly, missing all of you and my Mighty team. But I’m hoping for a short hospital stay and reveling in some boredom while I recover, which is a feeling I haven’t experienced (but need to) in a very long time!
As is my tradition, I tend to end the year by writing a very sappy post to this community about how you changed my life over the past 365 days. Admittedly, this year was one of the worst on record for me. Here’s what you supported me through: six months of surgical recovery from my emergency surgery last year, two deaths in my family, an earth-shattering lupus diagnosis for myself and a lymphoma diagnosis for someone I care deeply about… believe it or not, that’s only some of the list. 😅
But that’s not really what I want you to walk away with as 2023 winds down. Because The Mighty is not just about me, it’s about all of us. Here’s what I want you to fold up and pocket:
You are, bar none, the best people I know! Oftentimes in an inaccessible world, it’s easy to look at ourselves and say, “I am not worthy. I shouldn’t be here.” But have you ever thought about it the opposite way? That not only do you belong in this world but you actually help make it better? In a lot of ways, joining The Mighty is like taking a bet on yourself. Daring yourself to find connection and reach out for support. I watch you do it daily and it keeps me going.
As the new year dawns, I hope you continue to take bets on yourself — to be better, to give yourself more grace, to steady a ledge for someone else, to share your story in a way that breaks stigma. In all of the places in your life where you feel invisible, I want you to know that’s not how it is here. I see you, completely — and I love you all so much for it. Thank you for making me better, too.